Camera Obscura (novel)

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Camera Obscura is a BBC Books original novel written by Lloyd Rose and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji.[1]

Camera Obscura
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AuthorLloyd Rose
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release number
Eighth Doctor
Fitz and Anji
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
August 2002
Preceded byHistory 101 
Followed byTime Zero 


Doctor's second heart was taken by his ally time traveler Sabbath. But because of new danger he starts to work with Sabbath again to pursue Dartmoor to unravel his new mysteries.[2]


The storyline concerning the Doctor's missing heart is resolved in this novel.[clarification needed]

George Williamson reappears in Time Zero. The previous seven Doctors appear in the time machine's mirrors.


In a 2003 Interzone review, Matt Hills writes, "The novel certainly carries a weighty, portentous sweep: rarely has the Doctor descended into Hell and confronted Death. This style of theological fantasy may be at odds with the science-fictional perspective of History 101, but Camera Obscura does what so many recent BBC Worldwide Who books have done: it brings an adult, knowing perspective to the pleasures of a format that was sometimes rather more childlike while on TV."[3] In a 2002 Interzone review, Paul Beardsley writes, "The interaction between the TARDIS crew and Sabbath is enjoyable, and the prose is good too, but the novel reads like an early draft submitted in haste. Lloyd Rose is capable of much better."[4]


  1. ^ "Camera Obscura". BBC. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Camera Obscura (Doctor Who) by Lloyd Rose". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ Hills, Matt (February 2003). "'Neo-Retro' Tales of a Time Lord". Interzone. No. 186. p. 58. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  4. ^ Beardsley, Paul (2002). "Masters, Magicians and Moon Landings". Interzone. No. 184. p. 57. Retrieved 20 January 2023.

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